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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Cruisin' Woodward

If you own a muscle car and you've never participated in Detroit's Dream Cruise, well, you should sell that muscle car to someone who will put it to its proper use. A report on Dream Cruise 2005 in this morning's Detroit News:
For one day, cruisers are kings of the road
By Francis X. Donnelly / The Detroit News

For one day, it's OK to be ostentatious.

In its 11th year, the rolling feast of adulation has grown to encompass 40,000 classic cars that circle Woodward or are parked along it. This year, 1.1 million gearheads and nongearheads alike watched ...

So many cruisers from the 1950s and 1960s lined the road Saturday that the only thing missing was Wolfman Jack on the radio. (link)
Ah, the good old days.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit News.
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Five Guys Burgers

John over at Commonwealth Conservative swoons as a result of a visit to Five Guys. I wandered into one of their burger outlets up in Springfield a while back because I had heard how good the food was there. I too found the burgers to be disgustingly great.

The unsettling aspect to my visit was in the fact that the restaurant was full of grossly overweight patrons and me (a reasonably svelte 185 at the time). I fear a direct correlation exists between the massive burgers served up by the five guys and the massive girth achieved by Five Guys aficionados.

I became haunted by the implications.

Now I'm approaching 300* and can no longer squeeze into my Speedos. I'm not sure but I believe my problems all began that terrible night that I pigged out on thick, juicy, greasy, delicious Five Guys hamburgers.

* Just kidding. I was at 186 this morning, a condition I attribute to beer consumption yesterday.

Mama Didn't Raise No Fool

I was scheduling a roundtrip flight to Denver the other day through Expedia.com. I could have gotten a good price on a ticket if I'd flown Northwest out of Greensboro through Detroit. Instead I'm flying United. Why, you ask? Because I knew this was coming:
Northwest flying, but future at risk
Walkout may still cripple ailing airline
By Joel J. Smith and David Shepardson / The Detroit News

ROMULUS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. kept flying Saturday with few disruptions and delays after its mechanics launched the first major U.S. airline strike in seven years. (link)
I'll not miss having flight attendants on board my plane when I travel. I don't even have a problem with replacement pilots, should they go on strike. But I'm not okay with mechanics being out. They make sure the darn things work.

And, when I'm cruising at 420 mph at 35,000 feet, I want the thing to work.

I guess I'm picky. But I ain't no fool ...

Nothing Has Changed

For those of you - like the Roanoke Times editorial staff - who believe that Israeli withdrawal from Gaza "should ease much of the tension," that has been a way of life in the region for decades, I pass along a telling encounter that Elie Wiesel had with Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, last May. His story appears in this morning's New York Times:
... last May, at an official dinner offered by King Abdullah II of Jordan, I spoke with the Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qurei. When I asked him what he thought of Mr. Sharon's courageous decision regarding Gaza, it was with a wave of the hand that he objected, adding with disdain: "All that is worth nothing, means nothing. If Sharon doesn't begin right away to negotiate definitive borders, a great catastrophe will be the result." He repeated those words: "right away" and "a great catastrophe." (link)
Nothing has changed. The Palestinians will, with U.N. and European support, continue to pressure Israel to give up more land, more sovereignty, more security.

You can look at the withdrawal of Israelis from a few settlements in Gaza as being a turning point in the Middle East, and you can rejoice at the great victory the Arabs are claiming they've somehow achieved, but you're delusional.

In the words of the soon-to-be immortal Yasser Arafat:
We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem. (link)
You have the luxury of dreams. The Israelis don't.

The Real Issue In The Middle East

While the Roanoke Times editorialists dream of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, a wholy different problem may result from the withdrawal of settlers from Gaza. The Jordanians now want to send all their Palestinian refugees (yes, there are squalid camps in Arab countries too) back to Palestine.

The story comes this morning from Haaretz:

Abu Mazen's lot is not a happy one
By
Zvi Bar'el

Jordan is ... interested in knowing why it cannot send back to Gaza the tens of thousands of refugees living within its borders who do not have Jordanian citizenship. (link)
This is going to be fun to watch as the Palestinians, for the first time in decades, will be required to make hard decisions, rather than whine about what those evil Jews won't allow. They are on their own now.